Sources say: The list has been whittled down to six contenders:
- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty;
- Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell;
- Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney;
- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin;
- U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn; and
- Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge.
As I’ve been saying, Sarah Palin is the “wow” candidate out of that group. She has what McCain needs to spice up his campaign.
Sources familiar with the Republican’s VP search process list Pawlenty and Romney as the odds-on favorites but said there was some preference to pick a woman or minority as McCain’s running mate. That would mean Powell, Palin, the 44-year-old Alaska governor, or former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina.
Lieberman, Ridge, Powell and Palin are considered more wild-card picks than Pawlenty and Romney, according to sources familiar with the McCain search.
Well, I hope he listens to Newt’s advice, and doesn’t go for one of “the boring white guys”. Boring is not the way to go, this year. McCain needs to go wild!